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American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

How the Founders Overcame Economic Collapse

By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2020—An op-ed by two economists in the April 12 edition of the Dallas Morning News put forward a message of hope for navigating the current virus-sparked crisis in the United States. “The founders faced economic collapse after the American Revolution. We can learn from their […]

by April 23, 2020 Founders, News
The Freedman's Memorial in D.C.'s Lincoln Park.

Frederick Douglass Commemorates Lincoln

By Nancy Spannaus April 14, 2020—On April 14, 1876, the great orator and champion of ending slavery, Frederick Douglass, keynoted the dedication of the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. On this anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, I am reprinting the full commemorative speech below. The Freedman’s Memorial , also called […]

by April 14, 2020 Commentary, History
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

FDR: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

In Memoriam By Nancy Spannaus April 12, 2020—It was 75 years ago today that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt departed this life. His relatively early death at the age of 63 meant that much of his vision for bringing the United States and the world into a new era of prosperity […]

by April 12, 2020 Commentary, History
A partial picture of the book Hamilton Versus Wall Street.

Time to Read Hamilton Versus Wall Street!

A Book for Our Time of Crisis April 5, 2020—A horrific crisis we could have minimized, if not avoided, is already upon us, but this is no time to simply sit back and let it proceed. It’s time to read my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of […]

by April 5, 2020 Commentary
An elderly coronavirus victim, who recovered.

COVID-19: Your Money, or Your Life?

by Angela Vullo March 27, 2020–Those of us who are baby boomers, might remember the famous sketch by Jack Benny from the 1960s. A mugger stops the comedian in the street and says, “Your money or your life”.  After several seconds, when Benny does not respond, the mugger says, “Well?”  […]

by March 27, 2020 healthcare, News
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

How FDR Conquered Polio–Twice!

By Pamela Lowry (March 26, 2020–This article was written in 2005. It is republished with the permission of Colin Lowry, with an eye to the much more severe medical crisis our nation and the world are suffering today. While polio is little known in the United States today, the crippling […]

by March 27, 2020 healthcare, History
Testing outside a hospital in Padua, a city outside Venice, Italy.

Facing the Virus: Italian and U.S. Healthcare Compared

(The following article is reprinted from Consortium News. It was published on March 23. Previous articles on this subject can be found on this site, including an interview with Andrew Spannaus done early in the month.) By Andrew Spannaus During the March 15 Democratic presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie […]

by March 26, 2020 Commentary, healthcare
An image of the coronavirus published by the Philadelphia government.

Urgent Lessons of the WWII Mobilization

By Stuart Rosenblatt   March 23, 2020–As the horrible reality of the coronavirus contagion begins to sink in, there is now much talk about a “World War II Mobilization” or a “New Marshall Plan” to attack the crisis.  This is now all to the good, albeit a bit tardy to the […]

by March 23, 2020 Commentary, History
Testing for the coronavirus in Italy.

Report from Italy: On the Brink

By Nancy Spannaus March 18, 2020—American journalist Andrew Spannaus updated his report on the fight against the coronavirus in Italy yesterday. His conclusion: The country is “on the brink” of seeing its hospital system overwhelmed. (His full report can be found on Consortium News) Given that Italy is a G-7 […]

by March 18, 2020 healthcare, News
Gen. Washington deals with smallpox during the Revolutionary War.

U.S. Precedents in Protecting Public Health

By Nancy Spannaus March 17, 2020—The United States, and its predecessor colonies, have ample historical precedents for taking aggressive action to protect public health. It’s high time we put appropriate modern versions into effect. One of the first significant actions came during the Revolutionary War itself. The Continental Army had […]

by March 17, 2020 Commentary, healthcare